Plans to install a turf football field and construct a building with team rooms, restrooms and concessions at Homestead High School received quick, unanimous approval from Mequon’s Planning Commission April 13.
The first planned phase of improvements to outdoor athletic facilities at the high school is expected to be completed by this fall. In addition to the turf and the 48,000-square-foot building, the initial phase also includes relocating some track-and-field areas to accommodate the building, which will be built on the north end of the football field so it also can serve the existing soccer stadium.
Funds for the so-called Highlander Strong project have been raised privately. The first phase will cost approximately $1.5 million. Most visible among initial donors is a $250,000 contribution from Sommer’s Automotive designated to pay for half the cost of the building, which will be named the Sommer’s Subaru Pavilion.
“I’m very happy to see that this all came from private funding and it happened quickly,” said Rob Strzelczyk, a Common Council member who also serves on the Planning Commission.
Commissioners also briefly discussed the proposed second phase ofthe project, which will occur after the money is raised to pay for it. That phase will include a synthetic softball field, expanding seating capacity on both the home and visitors sides ofthe football stadium, improvements to tennis courts, adding some paved paths and installing an entryway feature for the outdoor facilities.
Jac Zader, the city’s assistant director of community development, said he heard some concerns from residents who believe that expanding seating capacity will increase traffic and tighten parking.
Zader said, except in rare instances, that the seating expansions are more likely to be “accommodating existing patrons” who already are coming to the games and standing.
More information on contributing to the Highlander Strong campaign is available at www.highlanderstrong.info or by contacting Jennifer Zoeller, the booster club president, at 853-5151.
Source: News Graphic by Gary Achterberg